Asylum Harbor (A Rachel Scott Adventure Book 1)
Amber Knowles, a beautiful high school senior and Florida governor John Knowles’s daughter, has everything going for her until she disappears during a cruise to the Bahamas. After an extensive search of the ship SeaStar, it’s clear that Amber has vanished without a trace. When Governor Knowles receives the distressing news, he asks for Rachel Scott’s help.
The teenager’s disappearance represents every parent’s worst fear, and Rachel, founder of Florida Omni Search, knows only too well what losing a daughter feels like. Her three-year-old, Mallory, went missing five years ago. As she works with FBI special agent, Drake Reynolds, Rachel discovers an organized crime ring linked to the cruise line. The last person known to see Amber aboard the ship was an incognito DEA agent, who also has vanished. Where is he? And where is Amber? Finally, where is Mallory?
Traci Hohenstein’s Asylum Harbor draws inspiration from the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in 2005 and delves deeply into the mysteries and suspense of missing-person investigations and organized crime detection. The first in a series, Asylum Harbor introduces Rachel Scott and her team and compels readers to follow Florida Omni Search and all their investigations.
work you did on the missing Alabama businessman. And of course I heard all about the Boy Scout you rescued from the Everglades.” Mike smiled at her. “I saw you on The Today Show.” “What can I say? I found my passion. After years of selling cars and houses, I was burnt out.” Mike nodded his head. “I’m sorry about your daughter. I know that must be hard.” Rachel nodded. “After Mallory went missing, I couldn’t work, didn’t want to go out, and didn’t want to live anymore. I spent all my nights
wouldn’t know her. She threw her bag on the bed and slumped down next to it. She was exhausted, and she needed food and a long, hot shower, not necessarily in that order. She grabbed the phone and called the Blue Palm restaurant and ordered a grilled mahimahi sandwich and french fries from room service. Then she saw that she had a message, and when she called in for it, the front desk told her that she had a package and someone would bring it up to her soon. It was probably from the office.
a guided tour. So much for a full, unencumbered search of the island. She wasn’t even allowed to bring her search team. With Drake and his team running the show, she didn’t have much choice in the matter. She ended her conversation with Janine and gathered the rest of her stuff. According to Drake, this would just be a look-see operation, although she knew that he had agents ready to go if they found something of interest. So she had a backup plan of her own as well. Her team would be on
only child. Plus, if they did find Amber, having someone with them that Amber knew, would make a rescue run smoother. At least that is what Rachel hoped. “Okay, you can come. But you have to do what I ask and follow our plan.” “Thank you.” Stephanie smiled as she followed Rachel back inside the cabin. Rachel hoped she wouldn’t regret this. CHAPTER 44 Vance cut the engine and lights once they got close to the island. Even though it was one big island, there was a distinct difference
with the shooters, but then again, he hadn’t gotten a good look as he ran for his life. She didn’t seem to be part of the island’s security crew, though. Her dress was more casual—definitely not a uniform. “Hey, are you okay?” Shawn stepped closer. Her leg was bleeding and her head was turned to the side, so he couldn’t see her face. Shawn walked around and knelt down beside her. The woman continued to moan. It sounded like she was trying to say something. “Ammmer. Ammmer.” He pushed a piece